Alex Gorecki, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Clinical Colleagues, Inc.
In order to thrive in today’s ever-changing healthcare environment, hospital leadership teams benefit from creating a culture of collaboration with the people who are directly involved in patient care. Forging strong relationships with the members of your anesthesia department should be a top priority, as this is a service that is costly but also essential in your hospital’s ability to generate surgical care revenue.
Here are three strategies for improving collaboration with your anesthesia providers:
1. Set goals that are measurable and meaningful. Your anesthesia team needs to have a clear understanding of your expectations and goals, up front. Align the goals with areas like SCIP (surgical care improvement project) measures, surgeon satisfaction scores and day-of surgery cancellations, which are metrics-based and therefore measureable. The goals you establish should also align with the overall financial, clinical and operational objectives of the hospital.
2. Give your anesthesia team a voice. Your anesthesia providers are more than just a support team for the surgeons. They are instrumental in driving efficiency for the entire OR. Therefore, it makes sense for your anesthesiologists to have equal opportunities when it comes to participation on hospital and medical staff committees. Actively seeking their input and involvement in new initiatives will help keep them engaged and creates a sense of personal ownership in the outcomes.
3. Hold the anesthesia providers accountable. If your anesthesia team is meeting or exceeding expectations and supporting achievement of your goals, you should express your appreciation for their efforts and acknowledge their success. However, if your anesthesia team is not meeting your expectations, falling short on goal achievement or operating in a way that is not efficient, the hospital is paying for it. Bringing someone in to conduct an independent audit of the department is a simple and easy way to validate the operation and gain a full understanding of what is working, what is not and the barriers that must be overcome to achieve true efficiency. You can also consider seeking bids from other anesthesia practice management groups to better understand your options and confirm if your current model or partnership is the right fit.
Your hospital’s anesthesia team is a critical component of the patient care continuum. Making collaboration a key priority will help assure the department functions like a well-oiled machine, with opportunities to recognize success and address concerns early on, before they evolve into major problems.
About Alex Gorecki and Clinical Colleagues, Inc.
Alex Gorecki is the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Clinical Colleagues, Inc., responsible for helping hospitals reduce anesthesia costs and create efficient staffing models. He works in collaboration with a team of physicians and healthcare business professionals at Clinical Colleagues, Inc. to provide cost-effective anesthesia management and consulting services at hospitals nationwide. To learn more about Alex Gorecki and Clinical Colleagues visit CCIAnesthesia.com.